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Looking Forward to Party with Friends Over the Weekend in Mumbai?

Looking Forward to Party with Friends Over the Weekend in Mumbai?
Last Updated: November 8, 2019 / First Published: 07 Nov, 2019

Lucky you, since the city is brimming with zillion party places. But to think about it, doesn’t it make it all the more confusing to plan where to go for the best weekend party? Don’t bite your nails as we have all under control with our list of best places to drink during the weekend in Mumbai.

We got your back and we’re answering all the mandatory questions for you like:

Q. Which are the best budget-friendly pubs & bars in Mumbai?

The least expensive bars in Mumbai can be Janta and Gokul.

Q. Which are the affordable places to drink in Mumbai?

There are a plethora of affordable places to drink in Mumbai. Colaba Social, Gurukripa, Hoppipola are some of them.

Q. Which are the top-notch places to grab a drink over a weekend?

Aer, Dome, and Olive Bar & Kitchen are some of the best places to drink if you don’t mind spending extra moolah.

Q. Which are Mumbai’s top drinking places according to locals?

Mumbaikers know their city well and have a lot of options to suggest, tbh. Some of them are Janta Bar, Gokul, Toto’s Garage, and The Ghetto.

Q. Where to find good crowd to party with in Mumbai?

In most of the places you can find good crowd. But if you want to surprise yourself, visit Janta Bar, which is a cheap option to drink and has college students to foreigners coming in. In case, you want to spot B-town celebrities, Olive Bar & Kitchen is the place to head.

Q. Which places serve the best drinks?

Almost every place listed in the blog is known for their mean mix of alcohol. But Gateway Taproom can be considered one of the best options for finding a variety of beers.

Weekend Places that Won’t Dry Your Wallet

1. Gokul

Gokul Restaurant Bar

If grabbing drinks is all you have in mind, over the weekend, then Colaba’s very own Gokul is a place to head to. Popular amongst college students as well as foreign tourists, Gokul to be honest, is a place when you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket. A 30ml Black Dog will set you back by INR 140. Also, it may have the hole in the wall look but go by it, the crowd is surprisingly quite decent and so its food with its smokey rolls being the favourites. However, make sure you keep some room for the deliciousss Bademiyan’s food which is just opposite this weekend saviour!

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Almost every name on the menu is familiar. So just order whatever your like the best.
  • Average Cost of a Drink: A 30 ml drink will cost INR 40-50
  • Other Highlights: Smokey Rolls

2. Janta Lunch Home

Janata Lunch Home

If at all you manage to secure a seat on a weekend or any of the weekdays here, you’d understand why Janta is so popular. Situated in Pali Hills, Bandra West, Janta has less variety of alcohol on the menu and consists mostly of whiskey, rum, and beer, however, cheap rates and good food keep drawing the people here. Not to forget, the place is where you can find booze to buy at odd hours in Mumbai as well, another feather in Janta’s hat.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Beer, Whiskey, Rum
  • Other Highlights: Seafood and Fried Bombay Duck

Weekend Places that Won’t Burn a Hole in Your Pocket

3. 145 Kala Ghoda

145 Kala Ghoda Cafe

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If you are somewhere around Kala Ghoda Art precinct, this makes for your best bet for evening cup of coffee followed by round of drinks. 145 Kala Ghod is particularly known for its quirky decor comprising articles and trinkets from Crawford Market. What you would like the most at 145 Kala Ghoda are the creative cocktails especially the smokey ones. Also if you are up for some game time, there is a pool table here as well.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Smoked Cocktails
  • Other Highlights: Quirky decor and a Pool Table

4. Hitchki

Hitchki

Around Bandra Kurla Complex? You can make your way to Hitchki for a decent weekend night for a decent price. While the ambiance is amazing and comfortable, your attention will be grabbed by the creative menu that has dishes and drinks with quirky names, some of them even inspired from Bollywood. The place has happy hours till 8 pm. Hitchki is not only amongst the best places to get drinks over the weekend in Mumbai but also a good place to have lunch and evening party as well.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Cocktails like Dum Maaro Dum and Richi Rich
  • Other Highlights: Happy Hours till 8 pm, Aakhri Pasta, Pizookie, Chicken Tikka Biryani

5. Bonobo

Bonobo

Named after an endangered ape species, Bonobo in Mumbai is a place where you can leave the chaos of the city behind without even leaving the city. Done in a jungle-theme, as expected, this place in Bandra has the record of being one of the longest standing bars in Mumbai. There are two areas – open-air outdoor dining area and the indoor lounge area to seat yourself and enjoy the amazing cocktails Bonobo offers. Yes, this bar in Bandra is the King of Cocktails that are divided into two – Legend Cocktails and Classic Cocktails. The food is pretty decent and goes well with your drinks and great music nights over the weekend.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Espresso Martini, Passion Fruit and Curry Leaf Cocktail, Watermelon and Lychee Martini, Craft Beer.

6. Colaba Social

Colaba Social

Colaba Social is probably one of the best places to grab a drink not only on weekend but also on weekdays. Known for its exhaustive menu that is replete with fusion food, hospitable ambiance and liquor at reasonable prices, this quirky bar chain has very few competitors when it comes to promising the best weekend party in Mumbai.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: LIIT and Cocktails
  • Other Attraction: Fusion Food like Vada Pao Bao

7. The Ghetto

The Ghetto

Once The Ghetto was the place where all the cool people hung in Mumbai. Even today, the place remains one of the best options to drink during a weekend. As the name suggests this iconic place in Breach Candy has interiors that are black-lit with scribbled and neon painted walls offering a typical ghetto feel. One can see murals on the walls like that of Jim Morrisson and hear some good ol’ rock and trending techno while enjoying classic mixtures of drinks. Also, don’t forget to binge eat at the The Food Court just above The Ghetto to have that complete weekend experience.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: LIIT, Margarita, Mojito
  • Other Attractions: At The Food Court try chicken 65, prawns crispy, egg cheese pulao, mutton cheese biryani

8. Lord of the Drinks

Lord of the Drinks

Ready to spend your weekend night at Asia’s longest island bar? Then get dressed, take your wallet and head to the classy Lord of the Drinks in Kamala Mills. This high-ceilinged and mirror-walled place has already made headlines with its 200ft long island bar but wait till you enjoy your first round of drinks here. The pub boasts its Harry Potter-themed butterbeer and several other amazing concoctions. And that’s not all, this LOD has two other venues – Cafe Plum by Bent Chair and Rocky Star Cocktail Bar, and both of them are going to stun you with elegant interior and delicious food.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Butterbeer
  • Other Attractions: Asia’s longest Bar, dining at Cafe Plum by Bent Chair and Rocky Star Cocktail Bar

9. Hoppipola

Hoppipola

Offering a heady blend of good food, drinks, and interior, Hoppipola is definitely a place to choose when you’re thinking of a weekend get together with friends in Mumbai. This restaurant and bar in Powai is known to serve not good cocktails but also fine draught beer at a real low price! The food is also great with mac & cheeseburger and great pasta dishes on the menu.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Draught Beer and Cocktails
  • Other Attractions: Mac & Cheese Burger

10. Pop Tate’s

Pop Tate

Thinking to watch a match with friends or alone while binging on your favourite food and drinks over the weekend? Pop Tate’s is your heaven then! With happy hours all day long and large screens for matches, this restaurant & bar in Malad West can be your new favourite hangout in Mumbai.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Strawberry Margarita and Pineapple Curry Leaf Martini, Beer, and LIIT
  • Other Attractions: Chicken Lasagne, Chicken Afrikano, Bhut Jholokia Wings

11. The Bar Stock Exchange

The Bar Stock Exchange

If you have been in Mumbai for quite sometime, chances are you already know how fun The Bar Stock Exchange can be over the weekends. So, if you are anywhere close to Lower Parel, head to TBSE without much thinking. It is a perfect place for a fun night with friends where you all can get your favourite drinks at the cheapest price along with delicious food!

For all those who don’t know about TBSE, let me try to break it down for you: As the name suggests, the place functions much like the stock market. A base price for every liquor is set by the bar. However, each time someone orders a drink, the price for it goes up by a small percentage which also means, if everyone orders the same thing, it becomes instantly more expensive. Therefore, the game plan to follow for getting the best deal is to include a variety of drinks, particularly the less popular ones, depending on how they’re priced at that moment.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Your favourite drink when the price drops!

12. Gurukripa

Gurukripa

One of the oldest restobars in Powai and the most loved one as well, Gurukripa hadddd to make it to this list of best places to drink during the weekend in Mumbai and why just weekend, this restobar is also a great place for lunch and evening get together on weekdays as well. With a laid-back ambiance, an extensive menu to order from, and good music to accompany, this restobar easily make it a place you do not want to miss in Mumbai.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Cocktails like Mojito and Mocktails
  • Other Attractions: Murgh Ghee Roast, Gadbad Ice Cream, Butter Chicken, Live Music, Rooftop Seating

13. Toast and Tonic

Toast & Tonic

Whether you have date over a weekend or that much-anticipated catch-up with your friends is planned, Toast and Tonic can be the right place for you to choose if you are around Bandra Kurla Complex. What catch the eyes are the chic interior with chipped wood ceilings and a cosy ambiance. Another thing which will make you go to this place, is Toast & Tonic which uses local ingredients and self-invented processes for much of the food served. And not only this, the restrobar also make its own tonic!

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Beefeater, Hendrick’s, grilled citrus sangria, white wine sangria, the Herbalist
  • Other Attractions: Soft Eggs & Fresh Andouille Chicken Sausage On Sourdough Toast, carne asada tostada, bajra and ricotta gnudi, Naga Chilli wings

14. Gateway Taproom

Gateway Taproom

Beer lovers, this is your paradise in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex! Gateway Taproom serves 8 kinds of beers, including the popular beer in Mumbai, lightWhite Zen, Doppleganger, a sweet cider called Sidecar, Flip Flop IPA, and Monk’s Potion, a dreamy dark beer. The food menu of Gateway Taproom is also quite extensive with a section of beer batter fried dishes and also with a German influence. So, you know, you are in for a memorable weekend at Gateway Taproom, and yes you can thank us later.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: White Zen, Doppleganger, Side Car, and Flip Flop IPA
  • Other Attractions: Pressed Lamb, Potato, Onion, & Feta Flatbread, Chicken Fricassee, Prawn & Barley Risotto

15. Toto’s Garage

Totos Garage

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Without Bandra’s most loved bar, Toto’s Garage, this list of places to drink in Mumbai would remain incomplete. One of the oldest bars in Bandra, Toto’s Garage is where you can enjoy your favourite liquor while listening to your favourite rock from Guns N Roses to Metallica. Dimly lit but with comfortable seating and great food, Toto’s Garage makes for a good option for anyone thinking drink the weekend night away alone or with friends.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Cocktails and Beer
  • Other Music: Rock Music

Weekend Places Where You Wouldn’t Mind Splurging

16. AER

Aer Four Seasons

Once being highest bar in Mumbai, Aer still remains one of the best places to enjoy the view of the city with a cocktail in one hand. This rooftop bar, situated on the 34th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Worli is perfect for those who don’t mind spending more for a better experience. During weekends, one can enjoy live music sessions here as well and a DJ spins later in the night.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Wine, Sangria
  • Other Attractions: Rooftop Bar, Panoramic view of the city, Chicken Satay and Pizza

17. Dome

Dome- InterContinental

If you want to make your weekend night about fine cocktails, wines, and even cigar along with a view of the spectacular view of the setting sun over Marine Drive, then Dome is the place you are looking for. The rooftop bar in Churchgate promises to impress you not only with the panoramic view of the city but also with its selection of cocktails, wines as well as cigars. This restrobar situated on the 8th floor of Hotel Intercontinental is also promises a great nightlife scene in Mumbai.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Red Wine and Cocktails
  • Other Attractions: View of the Queen’s Necklace, Sushi, Pizza, and Lively Nightlife

18. Olive Bar & Kitchen

Olive Bar & Kitchen

With its Mediterranean theme and the kind of crowd it attracts, Olive Bar & Kitchen is inarguably the best place for drinking in Mumbai. This place in Khar has two tastefully decorated seatings as an outdoor courtyard and indoor dining and food and drinks are also meticulously chosen to match the ambiance. Olive Bar & Kitchen makes for a perfect weekend party destination, if at all you don’t mind splurging.

  • Best Drinks to Grab: Sangria and Wine
  • Other Attractions: Mediterranean theme, pizza, pasta, salad, stuffed mushroom

Photo Credits: Restaurants in Mumbai – Zomato India

So here it is, our picks for the best places to drink over the weekend in Mumbai. Don’t be angry if your favourite drinking place did not make it to our list; drop your suggestions to us in the comment box and we will happily include them in this list.

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Nidhi Singh

About

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary.

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